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Amazon triples its Dash Button lineup for your Slim Jim and Red Bull emergencies

Amazon Dash Buttons expand well beyond the basics with on-demand snacks, gum, and even coconut water.


Here’s how the consumer Oculus Rift got so much lighter and comfier

iFixit’s Oculus Rift teardown reveals special lenses for a lighter, comfier VR headset.


Cord cutters should hope Vizio’s new smart TVs don't spark a trend

Vizio’s “Tuner-Free" TVs require extra hardware and hassle for antenna users.


Skype is getting infused with conversational “bots”

Microsoft’s Skype bots promise to arrange appointments, order food, and book hotels, and more.


The Windows Store gears up for all-out war with Steam

Microsoft promises mod support, overlays, G-Sync, Freesync and more as it pushes the Windows Store and Windows 10 for PC gaming.

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Windows 10 'Anniversary Update' headed to all users this summer

Windows 10 'Anniversary Update,' aka Redstone, adds more features for Windows Hello, Cortana, Ink, and more.


EVGA's first gaming laptop is a slim, aluminum-clad beast with a 4K display

The EVGA SC17 puts high-end 4K gaming in a slick package, but is missing just one thing.


Microsoft’s cross-platform gaming push gets real with Killer Instinct for Windows 10

Killer Instinct hits Windows 10 with cross-platform purchases, saves, and multiplayer.

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The Internet of Things is all fun and games until a racist takes over your printer

IoT security wake-up call: A white supremacist hacker sends racist documents to thousands of publicly-exposed connected printers.

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How to watch Netflix with faraway friends

Synchronize Netflix with long-distance friends using these two Chrome extensions.

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Sony: Bringing PlayStation VR to PC isn't out of the question

PC support for PlayStation VR is a “possibility” given the two platforms’ shared components, a Sony exec says.


Turn a Raspberry Pi into an Echo-like speaker with this recipe from Amazon

Amazon posts detailed instruction on how to rig up a Raspberry Pi with Alexa voice commands.


Hulu enters virtual reality on Gear VR, no subscription required

Hulu’s virtual reality app for the Samsung Gear VR is a mix of 360-degree content and traditional video in a virtual living room.


Google’s high-end Nik Collection photo software is now free, and probably dead

Grab Nik’s Photoshop plug-ins for free, but don’t expect any more updates.

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Report: Google builds an Amazon Echo alternative while Nest turns to security

What are Alphabet's smart home plans? Depends on whether you’re talking about Nest or Google.